Bank siege drama ends as gunmen free four hostages

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3 April 2006, MADRID — Two armed robbers have freed at least four people they were holding hostage in a bank in Madrid, police said.

3 April 2006

MADRID — Two armed robbers have freed at least four people they were holding hostage in a bank in Madrid, police said.

The hostages, who were uninjured, were released just after 5pm three hours after being captured.

The armed robbers have also given themselves up.

Police cordoned off the branch of the BBVA bank after the robbery started just after 2pm.

Eye-witnesses said they heard gunfire when the robbers burst into the bank.

The same sources also said there were four, not two, "Eastern European looking" men.

At least another six hostages were released and are being attended to nearby by medical teams including psychologists.
 
Of the six who were released, four are bank employees and two were clients.

Police believe the robbers are holding between four and eight hostages.

The specialist operations GEO team were at the scene.

Two helicopters were flying over the bank and a fleet of ambulances were also ready to attend to any injured.

But none of the six hostages who were released was injured.

Police have cut off traffic in the area near the bank in the Avenida de la Albufera in the south of Madrid.

Eye-witnesses said they heard gunfire when the robbers burst into the bank.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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